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Poster: Marysz Date: Sep 26, 2004 12:11pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Blacklisted Writers

The screenwriter of "This Charming Couple" was writing under a pseudonym because he was blacklisted. Were corporate and industrial films places where film industry people who were blacklisted could find work?

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Poster: berberry Date: Sep 26, 2004 2:45pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Blacklisted Writers

Writers were able to find employment in a variety of places, but they didn't receive credit for their work. An excellent example is the writing credits on the film version of 'Bridge On The River Kwai'. Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman wrote the screenplay, but credit went to the novel's author, Pierre Boulle, who couldn't speak a word of English!

Actors suffered the most since there was no way they could work under an assumed name.

The HUAC / McCarthy era is one of the darkest chapters in American histoy. If we get another four years of George Bush, we might well see a return of these black days. This time, though, it probably won't be limited to Hollywood but will rather be nationwide and affect workers in virtually every industry.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: Sep 27, 2004 1:13am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Blacklisted Writers

This is often said, but I don't know whether anyone has really done serious research on this topic. Most of the people who've written about the blacklist never looked at the nontheatrical film industry, at least as far as I know.

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Poster: Marysz Date: Sep 27, 2004 11:09am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Blacklisted Writers

The credits on a lot of these films are so skimpy sometimes. Why wouldn't people want to have their names listed? One reason during the fifties might be that they were blacklisted. It could also be that these were non-union jobs and they were working off the books.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: Sep 27, 2004 3:08pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Blacklisted Writers

And typically there wasn't a tradition of including credits on educational or industrial films. Some studios (like Wilding and Jam Handy, to some extent) did this; others didn't.

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